Hopefully, Mac users aren’t as bad as other computer owners — after all we’re
better educated and wealthier
— but if your Mac is giving you problems, it may be because it’s dirty and buggy. No, really buggy.
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Real bugs, such as cockroaches and spiders, are threatening U.S. computers, according to a new survey of over 1,300 computer repair professionals in the US. Now keep in mind that the survey was conducted by the manufacturers of Dust-Off compressed-gas cleaner, and they have a strong interest in you keeping your computer clean with their products. Anyway, “The 2002 Dust-Off Survey of PC Hygiene” linked 72 percent of computer CPU failures to poor maintenance.
Besides bugs, technicians also found (and as humorist Dave Barry says, I’m not making this up): caches of marijuana and cash; drivers for screws and nuts; and “many generations” of mice, from babies to rodent skeletons. What’s more, bad personal computer hygiene was linked to 70 percent of keyboard failures and 85 percent of breakdowns in printers and mouse devices.
Almost 20 percent of technicians polled in the survey felt that computer care has deteriorated recently (13 percent saw improvement and 67 percent little change).